Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Contains Elements of Dark Souls

Friday, June 21st, 2013

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Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII

In a recent interview with producer Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama about Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII, Kitase stated that players will have to manage their money very carefully, and Toriyama added that players would have to think very economically.

Kitase went into further detail when he was quoted in saying that, “If I were to describe the gameplay, I would say there are some elements with the severity of Dark Souls…” This along with the 13-days-to-complete-the-game mechanic really causes you to think more about your actions, and whether you want to buy certain items or not. Kitase and Toriyama also confirmed that the maximum amount of days you can get to complete the game is 13 days and this is only achievable by completing all of the missions. This is sure to increase the amount of pressure players will have to complete the game as quickly, efficiently, and wholly as possible. This will also add more replay ability as Square Enix stated that Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII has been built for multiple playthroughs. On different days, different events will occur, each NPC will follow individual schedules, and interactions will change day-by-day similar to the Nintendo 64 classic, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask.

What do you think? Does the world-driven gameplay make you more interested in Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII?



About James Atwell

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  • Terry Torres

    Oof… Comparing this to Majora’s Mask was the surest way to get me to consider playing this…

  • Ookiiushi Desu

    This enforces my point to not ever get this or any new FF titles. Just crap.

    • Shoggoth

      I’d be more encouraged to buy new FF titles if only they just dumped the writers/ directors responsible for FFX – XIII and higher fresh minds that actually give a shit about story.

    • RagunaXL

      they need to hire the staff back from XII and go from there

  • Shoggoth

    Batman Returns: FFXIII will flop like it’s previous titles. Just let the franchise let out a few last gasps and it’ll die off soon.

    • RagunaXL

      except that it sold fairly well in several territories. 11 is selling great and their mobile sales are through the roof. the merchandise and toys are doing well. so the franchise is doing quite well without you. better even? every time I get on oprainfall it’s disgusting how SE is treated. “myeah’ let’s pull together and petition what we want them to do.’ it seems they are avoiding this demographic.

  • RagunaXL

    wow! that sounds awesome! it sounds more like Shenmue and Brave Fencer Musashi which predate Majora’s Mask. But all the more reason to like it!

  • Ryan McConnell

    This makes me want the game even less tbh. i like taking my time in games, and giving me a mandatory requirement to complete the game is just uneccessary and frustrating.
    I just wished they’d go back to mechanics from FFX and below. lol i actually remembered people complaining about FFX-2 and calling it “too un-final fantasy”
    well now look where we’re at
    Can someone explain to me who wanted FF to turn out like a majora’s mask dark souls baby? i never played any zelda games, but i remember how people always hated majora’s mask. I’m legitimately confused by their marketing techniques. Who are they gaining? Do they even give a shit about us veteran players? i’m looking around and those are really the only people who still buy Final Fantasy games at this point.
    I don’t like sounding like a cocky know it all, but seriously. They’re ignoring a big ass chunk, if not the whole chunk of their audience.maybe Final Fantasy XVI will actually be a turn based game to please veteran players instead of just another action game with pretty scenery like Final Fantasy XV.

    • RagunaXL

      Bravely Default? not to mention… Final Fantasy:4 Heroes of Light? Last Remnant? Star Ocean: the Last Hope? Final Fantasy IV:the After Years?
      The only Square Enix games that ‘know-it-all veterans’ are giving attention are the pretty blockbuster games.